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8:00 PM on 04.19.2014

Annotated Anime: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders episode 2-3

Well, we already knew that the first episode of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders was quite alright, but it's a sad reality of watching these kinds of programs that you can't just rely on the pilot alone to te...

Josh Tolentino


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6:00 PM on 04.19.2014

Snag El Hazard - The Magnificent World Blu-ray box set on July 30

I've been interested in El Hazard - The Magnificent World for some time, given its classic animation style and fantasy elements. I've just never been sure of which El Hazard I needed to start with or if I would like it, and I...

Brittany Vincent

3:35 PM on 04.19.2014

Sword Art Online II to simulcast worldwide, airing in Japan in July

Following the success of the first Sword Art Online series, the second installment, Sword Art Online II, will be simulcast worldwide. Aniplex confirmed the announcement today, and the series will be airing in Japan in July of...

Brittany Vincent

10:00 AM on 04.19.2014

Dragon Ball Kai's Buu saga will last almost a year and a half

Dragon Ball Kai has quite a noble goal in trying to cut out all of the added fluff from the original Dragon Ball Z series. Even though I'd seen the original series in its entirety, as well as plenty of times via Toonami as a ...

Chris Walden

8:00 AM on 04.19.2014

Annotated Anime: Mushishi episode 3

Snow. I'm sick of of it. I'm sure most of you guys are, too, given that we on the east coast have had quite the winter. But it looks like there's plenty of snow wherever Ginko is travelling. And it sounds like the mushi he's encountering would be the worst mushi ever -- at least for me. Let's take a look at this week's episode.

Ben Huber

10:00 PM on 04.18.2014

Teaser trailer for The Tomb of Daisuke Jigen released

I don't know about you guys, but I'm super hyped for the Lupin III special film, The Tomb of Daisuke Jigen. It's directed by Redline director Takeshi Koike and features music by James Shimoji (also of Redline) and will tell ...

Ben Huber

8:00 PM on 04.18.2014

Daily Beast claims Hollywood has been "ripping off" anime

With this week's release of Transcendence, a movie where a scientist played by Johnny Depp escapes his death by digitizing himself, talk has started up again about concepts that first appeared in anime showing up in big Holly...

Pedro Cortes

6:00 PM on 04.18.2014

Annotated Anime: Ping Pong episode 2

The focus switches from Peco to Smile this week, as he is about to be swept into something he doesn't want to be a part of. His coach wants to bring out his skills, but as we all know, Smile doesn't want to make that effort. Let's jump in and see where everyone is headed this episode. No matter what happens, we're going to get some Yuasa goodness.

Ben Huber



First Impressions: Nanana's Buried Treasure photo
First Impressions: Nanana's Buried Treasure
by Karen Mead

This show probably sounds like a really good idea on paper. It's filled with cool concepts like treasure hunting and classrooms that attack you until you solve puzzles, but it's also filled with multiple girls in maid outfits and tons of stale harem humor that kills the momentum early on. It's like two different kinds of shows were crammed together: one of them is a show about a group of students embarking on an exciting treasure hunt on a mysterious man-made island, and the other one is a harem show about a pervy dude who has a beautiful magical girlfriend floating around his apartment. Two episodes in, I don't feel like these two concepts have given any indication of working together.

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4:22 PM on 04.18.2014

Sakura-Con '14: Aniplex announces dub project for Magi season 2

Aniplex at Sakura-con has announced a special audition for Magi. The season two of Magi will have a Bang Zoom! dub. In addition, there will be public auditions at Anime Expo this summer for roles in Magi. Also, Aniplex of Ame...

Jeff Chuang



Jtor AM 27: Are they going to school with ghosts? photo
Jtor AM 27: Are they going to school with ghosts?
by Karen Mead

This week, some staff members who shall remain nameless would rather have a Game of Thrones podcast then talk about silly Japanese cartoons all day. But alas, we are Japanator, not DaenerysTargaryenator, so we must persevere through a season of less-than-inspiring shows. We do however manage to discern a few bright lights of hope in the form of One Week Friends and Ping Pong, and Ben would be totally up for discussing Mushishi S2 if anyone else would ever watch it.

Notable questions of the week: Will the Gurren Lagann stage play feature giant paper mache robot heads? Is the school in Kamigami no Asobi filled with ghosts, and if so, shouldn't Yui be a little concerned about that? Has L.B. discovered the ultimate secret behind Nisekoi? And finally, what does BONES have against hiring actual writers who know how to write more than one story? All this, and more, on an exciting, conflict-filled Jtor AM 27!

...Oh and Tim of all people watched Marvel Disc Wars, seriously I don't even know where to start with that.

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4:00 PM on 04.17.2014

Lots of new Persona 3 movie stuff revealed

Today we're talking Persona 3 the Movie. A lot of stuff is being released for the film, and I'm quite excited.  A second trailer was posted, which includes the famous love hotel scene. Everyone is talking about it! Hones...

Amber Hunt

3:00 PM on 04.17.2014

Third Berserk Golden Arc trilogy film available on Blu-ray and DVD

If you didn't already know this about me, I'm a huge Berserk fan. I've even got Guts' brand tattooed on my left shoulder. If I could, I'd have my own behelit. Alas, the best I can hope for is getting to watch the third and fi...

Brittany Vincent



Review: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Volume 2 photo
Review: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Volume 2
by Jeff Chuang

The second volume of Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Volume 2 completes what is better known as the first season of the Magi anime. These next 13 episodes wrap up the Balbadd arc and bring the story to the end of the second dungeon for Aladdin and Alibaba. In that sense, it completes a story. In another sense, given Magi's ongoing manga, the first season of the anime is only just the beginning.

Watching the series through the second time, it gave me time to focus on some of the little things that I either didn't notice or didn't pay much attention to the first time around. The visuals are better; the animation got a bump compared to the TV airing as, presumably, the production team went back and made minor fixes. The famed Morgiana dance scene looks better than ever on home video.

Unmistakably, the first and second volumes of Magi go hand in hand. And now that we have the whole season, we can talk about the bigger picture: the way Magi the anime is trying to tell its story.

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Annotated Anime: Selector Infected WIXOSS 2 photo
Annotated Anime: Selector Infected WIXOSS 2
by Karen Mead

In this episode we learn that Yuzuki's whole fixation on her twin brother Kazuki is even worse than we thought, but she gets a reprieve when the show introduces Akira, who is such an awful person that everyone else looks fantastic by comparison. Meanwhile, Ruko still doesn't have any wishes because she doesn't know that she's supposed to Become Everybody's Hope yet (what?), and card stores in this world don't know how to sell cards.

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2:00 AM on 04.17.2014

Sentai Filmworks swoops in and makes a damsel out of Kamigami no Asobi

Adding to their recent list of acquisitions, Sentai Filmworks has licensed Kamigami no Asobi, a reverse harem darling that Karen, L.B., and myself all agree is full of pretty men and worth watching, especially for the male tr...

Brittany Vincent